Phoebe Anna Traquair

'For So He Giveth His Beloved Sleep': Fragment of a Mural from the Mortuary Chapel, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

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About this artwork

In 1884 Traquair was invited to paint murals for the rooms of a new chapel at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children on Lauriston Lane. The disused hospital coalhouse was transformed into a small mortuary chapel decorated by Traquair, measuring only four by three metres. This section of the chapel was removed in 1894 prior to the building’s demolition and was kept by Traquair until she died 40 years later. The title and subject here, ‘For he so giveth his beloved sleep’, is taken from psalm 127, verse 2 from the Bible. The influence of the Pre-Raphaelites and in particular, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, can be clearly seen in this fragment.

Phoebe Anna Traquair

Phoebe Anna Traquair